Monday morning, I woke up out of a scene from Vietnam. I had just walked out of a jeep to take a picture of one of the most–or actually, THE most–beautiful scenes of a sunset, in the foreground, a line of beautiful greenery. I had to get out of the jeep to take a picture because I could not stand to stay in the car, sitting down, missing all four corners of my sight catching what was in front of me. And then my alarm went off and I woke up from the scene.
Last week as I was browsing through the library, I found some travel books and checked out one on Thailand. It has quickly become my top choice to travel after seeing photos of life there and the experience of a friend traveling solo.
Ever since I went to Belize this spring, I have not been able to stop thinking about traveling. For various reasons, traveling has been sort of “off limits” for me, something I always wanted to do but never really got to experience. In college, my degree program would not let us study abroad, even though being that young I knew that I wanted to, and some circumstances after college kept me for being able to really engage in the idea of seeing the world.
Specifically, I keep getting this image of running into crystal clear ocean waters in the BVI, feeling my free spirit come in and my stressed/anxious/sad spirit just leave and move out of me. I had a similar experience the night I arrived to Belize; I put on my swim suit and trekked out of the treehouse and to the pool, the backdrop being the Caribbean waves breaking shore under the calmness of a serene moon. I got in and and floated on my back and literally did a flip with joy. I looked up from my back and started at the moon and the stars and felt the largest sense of peace that I have probably ever felt, which I know was straight from God’s mercy. I don’t know how else to explain something that is beyond words, but I know that I will not soon forget it.
Part of me would like to give myself a couple of tanks of air to go scuba as my Christmas present to myself, although I can’t afford it. I can feel my mind and body, my soul craving it, craving this place underwater that is so special and stunning, another place where I felt such overwhelming peace. When my mind says “go”!, that is where run to in my imagination.
While I’m thinking about it, here are the top destinations I’d like to visit next, in no particular order:
-Italy, (specifically, Portofino and to see some of the coast and opera houses)
-Iceland and Norway
-London (I’ve been to the airport, but not more than that)
-Turks and Caicos
-St. Maarten and BVIs
-AFRICA (a big one!!)
-San Francisco (to see Redwoods in CA, to get in Pacific Ocean)
-coast of Washington to see the ocean and those trees and the sunset that my west coast friends are obsessed with
-Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)
Where I have been internationally:
-Germany, Switzerland, Litchenstein, Luxembourg, Bahamas, Belize, and Austria
I hope my future will look a lot like the above ideas.